Believe or not, March has come to an end, Charleston. Let’s take a look at what we saw + learned this month. So, in case you missed it…
Top Conversations: 📦 Service providers for Charleston newbies Have you ever moved somewhere new? We crowdsourced our network to help new folks get acclimated with Charleston service providers. From hair and makeup salons to where to get your pets groomed locally, we wanted to hear reader suggestions. Update coming in near future.
🎨 Murals around Charleston We asked, you all delivered. We wanted to know where we could spot street art around town. We received a picture of a painting in Mount Pleasant of a famous Great White Shark, a hidden interactive mural downtown, Jimi Hendrix on Maybank Hwy + more.
🌺 Native blooms in South Carolina Consider this your state guide to local blooms this season. We showed you all camellias, dogwoods, magnolias + more. You can just smell them now.
🏥 COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment System Many readers checked out the COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment System through SCDHEC. Through the system, people can make an appointment quickly + easily find the nearest vaccination location.
Top Comments 🌅 On this post featuring the sun setting in Charleston, we asked if you all prefered a Charleston sunset or a Charleston sunrise. “Sunrise out of the ocean is pretty special. I once caught a green flash from Folly Beach!” [email protected]_bonadonna
🐎 On this post featuring a horseback trail ride on Seabrook, we wanted to know the most unique thing you’ve done in the Lowcountry. “My family having a private cooking class with Suzanne Pollack @charlestonacademy in her home!” [email protected]
Weather ○ 78º | Thunderstorms | 32% chance of rain
Civic ○ There are safety improvements + a new protected bike lane along Brigade Street. Connectivity improvements were made on the street to increase visibility of pedestrians, make it easier to cross the street on foot and by bike, and encourage appropriate vehicle speeds. This corridor is now the first in the city with protected bike lanes. 🚲
Coronavirus ○ Starting today, the Charleston Recreation Department will begin assisting citizens with the vaccine appointment scheduling process at city facilities throughout the Peninsula, West Ashley + James Island. Learn more about the free service here. ○ COVID-19 testing operations in the Citadel mall parking lot will be moved to new “testing huts.” There is no official word yet on where the new sites will be located. (WCIV) ○ Visit SCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data and stats+ information regarding the vaccine. Data and stats regarding South Carolina’s employment, businesses, economy, and education can be found on accelerateSC’s website.
Edu ○ Gov. McMaster has awarded $6 million in Governor’s Emergency Education Relief funds to UofSC. In partnership withBenedict College, UofSC will establish 8 Apple computer labs statewide. The labs will be used by local school districts, historically Black colleges and universities, the South Carolina Technical College System + citizens in the community.
State ○ Some SC lawmakers hope to pass a bill that would prohibit companies from paying employees with disabilitiesless than minimum wage. As of now, certain businesses may pay an employee less than $7.25 an hour if the employee has a disability that affects their job performance. (WCBD) ○ In response to concerns over floating oyster cages, a state senator has proposed a bill that would end off-season oyster harvesting. Several local businesses, such as the Lowcountry Oyster Company + SC Shellfish Growers Association, oppose the bill as it is currently written. 🦪 (WCSC)
WaterCooler ○ The Volvo Car Open announced its five main draw wild cards for next week’s tournament, April 3-11. Wild cards were awarded to Charleston native + undefeated, five-time ACC Freshman of the Week UVA tennis player Emma Navarro, as well as Petra Kvitova, Belinda Bencic, Markéta Vondroušová,and Leylah Fernandez. ○ The Charleston Battery announced its full schedule for the 2021 season. The regular season kicks off on the road against the New York Red Bulls II on May 7 — before opening up the new stadium at Patriots Point to fans on May 14 against the Charlotte Independence. ⚽
Trending ○ A new state report reveals a steep decline in affordable homes available in the South Carolina market. In total, there were 8,000 less homes for sale under $200,000 in 2020 than in 2019. 🏠 (The Post and Courier)
Ranked ○South Carolina was ranked second in QuoteWizard’s list of Riskiest Places to Travel During Spring Break. While the study primarily focuses on COVID-19 concerns, it also took other factors into consideration, like “dangerous driving statistics.”(Charleston City Paper)
Clarification ○ Yesterday we shared about the Volvo Car Open. Unfortunately – due to the COVID-19 pandemic – guests will not be allowed this year. The tournament will be for TV only. The good news? Fans will be welcomed back in 2022 to a newly renovated stadium. 🎾
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Get to diggin’, Charleston. 🦷 This week, the tooth of a Carcharocles angustiden was found in the Lowcountry. This fossil comes from what some call the “Giant Great White,” an ancestor of the Megalodon that lived 22+ million years ago.
Last week, a scuba diverdiscovered a tooth that researchers originally believed belonged to the extinctAmerican Lion. Now, it has been identified as the tooth of a Giant Short-Faced Bear, the “fastest running bear that ever lived.” Interestingly enough, these bears were typically only found west of the Mississippi River. 🐻
Whether you’re uncovering shark teeth, lion teeth, or bear teeth, there are endless fossils to be found in + around the Holy City. Check out some tips for South Carolina fossil hunting here. 🔍
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WaterCooler ○ SC Stingrays vs. Greenville Swamp Rabbits| Wed., Mar. 31 | 7:05 p.m. | North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston | $21+ | Watch the Lowcountry’s hockey team take on Greenville. 🏒
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Floral installations are taking over the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC this April with Art Blossoms — a new, four-day exhibition + fundraiser, featuring local designers and garden clubs interpreting art on view, plus immersive programs from art classes to brunch on Boyd Plaza.
The opening celebration kicks things off on Wed., April 14, with the exhibition running from Apr. 15-18.
Yesterday, we askedwhat new developments you all hope to see at the former Navy Yard. Looks like readers want the space to include picnic areas, local restaurants, affordable housing, walking + biking trails + a theater district.
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